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Transformation of Bogota Riverfront Continues

It took years to overcome many obstacles—including extensive remediation and drainage work to avoid the frequent flooding—but the The River Club Apartments and Retail project in Bogota, NJ, is pushing toward successfully transforming the former industrial area into a residential and retail neighborhood.

Construction is ongoing on the $100 million project at the former Hess Tank Farm Site on West Fort Lee Rd. When it is finished, there will be five, four-story buildings with a total of 424 luxury apartments. Ten percent of those units will be designated as affordable housing for veterans. Two of the buildings should be done shortly with the other three to be completed soon after. There will be retail space on the ground floor of one building.

The four-phase project on the more than 13-acre site includes many amenities, including an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, 5,000-square-foot public recreation area, a dog park, heated pool, 2,200-foot walkway along the Hudson River, and a new, on-site NJ Transit bus stop.

New Report Ranks Flood-Prone Hoboken As 2nd U.S. City To Be Underwater by 2100

In a special report analyzing data from a 2018 study, 24/7 Wall Street named the top 35 U.S. cities that could be underwater by the turn of the century. Of those 35, nine were in New Jersey with Hoboken coming in No. 2 on the list.

According to the 24/7 Wall Street, nearly 30 percent of Hoboken’s population with homes is at risk of flooding by 2060 and nearly 50 percent of habitable land will be underwater by then. By 2100, 44 percent of Hoboken’s homes will be at risk of flooding and 71 percent of habitable land will be underwater.

But the mayor of Hoboken pushed back on the report, according to News12 NJ, saying that it didn’t take into account the Rebuild by Design project and initiatives the city has planned and has already put in place to fight the city’s history of flooding, including pumps, resiliency parks and underground retention tanks.

Miami Beach, FL, was No. 1 on the list. The other NJ cities are: Atlantic City (3), Ocean City (12), Ventnor City (16), Pennsville (24), Little Ferry (26), Brigantine (29), Margate City (32) and Secaucus (35).

24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from “Underwater,” published June 2018 by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based environmental watchdog group the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). That study identified U.S. coastal communities where the largest number of residents live in properties that are projected to face by 2060 the highest level of chronic and disruptive flooding, or effective inundation—defined as being at risk of flooding 26 times or more per year. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the number of properties and total value of properties that are exposed to flood risk based on a “high” scenario calculated by the Union for Concerned Scientists.

“Cities and institutions can mitigate flood damage by implementing wetlands, levees, and other mechanisms, and many of the cities on this list have taken steps to implement these measures,” 24/7 Wall Street said. “It is important to note that the estimates published by the UCS do not take into account the mitigating effects of such mechanisms.”